Archive for May, 2004

Collateral Damage

Oh my. What’s a major motion picture studio to do when their new big buck action-adventure mirrors real life tragic events? Put it on the shelf and hope for better times down the road. Five months after it was shelved, “Collateral Damage” arrives in theaters, and unlike a fine wine, time has not been good to the terrorist thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Read the rest of this entry »

Texas Chainsaw Massacre DVD

Hollywood’s necessity to reinvent its past is on display in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic drive-in horror film about a group of young people who come face to face with a nightmarish, cannibalistic family living on the outskirts of civilization. What made the 1974 original so nerve racking was Hooper’s unrelenting style, pace, and desire to create a film that would work on more than one level. Read the rest of this entry »

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are three intelligent young children who receive terrible news that their parents have died in a fire and have left them an enormous fortune not to be used until the eldest child is of age. When they are sent to live with Count Olaf, a greedy distant relative, they soon learn he is trying to steal their fortune for himself. Read the rest of this entry »

Instinct DVD

I would have loved to sat in on the pitch meeting for “Instinct.” “It’s ‘Silence of the Lambs’ meets ‘Gorillas in the Mist.'” Been there, done that. “I’m not done. We’ll also toss in bits and pieces of ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ and ‘Mighty Joe Young.'” What else do you have? “Did I mention that it takes place in a prison just like ‘The Shawshank Redemption?'” Read the rest of this entry »

Helter Skelter

A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself. Read the rest of this entry »

Cube Zero

A young man whose job is to watch over the Cube endeavours to rescue an innocent woman trapped in one of its rooms. Read the rest of this entry »

Woodsman, The

After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past Read the rest of this entry »

The 6th Day

Yet another movie that looks and sounds like it was written by people whose only real life experience are the films they saw growing up. What emerges is a film that looks and sounds like a lot of other films, which is ironic considering the film’s theme. Read the rest of this entry »

Churchill: The Hollywood Years

Story of a group of U.S. movie moguls who arrive in the UK to shoot a mvoie about the great English wartime prime minister Read the rest of this entry »


History is riddled with paradoxes, mysteries that time and knowledge have been unable to lock. What if Saddam Hussein were allowed to follow his childhood dream of being a transsexual harem lap dancer named Coco? Read the rest of this entry »

Whale Rider

Steeped in centuries of tradition and an honest family dynamic rarely seen within the conventional movie system, “Whale Rider” is an emotionally satisfying coming-of-age tale that skillfully peels away the layers of Hollywood artifice to expose a reality that touches the heart, brings a smile to your lips and a tear to your eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

Hillside Strangler, The

In the end of the 70’s, the dysfunctional Kenneth Bianchi lives with his mother and is obsessed to join the police force. When his application is refused, his mother sends him to Los Angeles to live with his sadistic cousin Angelo Buono. Kenneth unsuccessfully tries to join LAPD, and Angelo convinces him to start a prostitution business with him Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond the sea

Passion often leads to risk, and for Hollywood, nothing is as risky as a big screen biography. Which hasn’t swayed or even stopped investors from fueling such recent passion plays as Oliver Stone’s Alexander and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, both larger-than-life portraits of pioneering pundits. Read the rest of this entry »

Shrek 2

The film picks up right where the first movie ended.. Read the rest of this entry »

The Siege

Watching the new terrorist thriller “The Siege” is the equivalent of having great sex only to have your mom walk in on you. No matter what you do after that point is a waste of time. Read the rest of this entry »